| Ep 513 – Stop Comparing Your Kid to Professional Athletes

Author / Christopher McQuilkin

37 Min Listen

In this episode the Crew dials the voicemail to answer a question from a loyal Power Athlete Radio listener:

Long time lurker. First time submitter to the hotline. My kid is training at a local gym that is pushing sport performance training. His coach told him a bigger back squat means a bigger vertical jump. The dudes in the NBA can jump but I bet they can’t back squat a Triscuit.

Seamless and Effortless Movement Through Space

Although used as a fundamental benchmark by highest level of professional sports, the vertical jump is a very underutilized assessment tool for subsequent levels. The coaches and scouts at the NFL and NBA combines are searching for dynamic athletes that can demonstrate lower body strength and explosiveness. This view works for that level because those coaches are looking for developed athletes, not athletes they need to BE developed (professional sports has very little time to develop athletes).  With this in mind, should strength coaches at the developmental levels be looking at vertical with the same perspective as a pro-scout?

Read Now: The Vertical Jump Performance Window by Tex McQuilkin

John and Tex seek to set a parent straight on athlete evaluations and comparing your kid to numbers professional athletes are hitting for their squats and vertical jumps. All aspects of athleticism are discussed including key taking aways for developing coordination, keying in on explosivity, and tips for identifying which position an athlete is best suited for with a simple movement eval.

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Empower Your Performance

Have you been squatting on questions for John and Tex? Maybe you have asked around, and just can’t land on a straight answer. Take a breather, give us a call, and let us do the leg work.

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The Power Athlete Radio hotline is OPEN! Dial (929) ING – ING0, leave us a detailed message, and we’ll get to work on finding you answers!

That’s (929) 464 – 4640

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Christopher McQuilkin

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Former collegiate lacrosse defensive midfielder, 4-year letter winner and 3-year team captain. Coached strength and conditioning collegiately with Georgetown University football, Men's and Women's lacrosse and Women's Crew, as well with the University of Texas at Austin's football program. Apprenticed under Raphael Ruiz of 1-FortyFour-1 studying proper implementation of science based, performance driven training systems. Head coached CrossFit Dupont's program for two years in Washington D.C. Received a Master's in Health Promotion Management from Marymount University in 2010, and has been a coach for Power Athlete since October, 2012.


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